2:30 LRN Newscast Nov 25

Some are calling it a Thanksgiving Day miracle; a man who fell overboard from a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf was found and rescued last night. The Coast Guard says some hours passed before the ship’s crew knew he was missing and radioed them for search and rescue. They located him about 6 hours later, and a chopper pulled him from the water. He may have been keeping himself afloat for nearly a full day, without a life preserver. Often when person fall or jump off cruise ships, they are never found.

Early voting starts tomorrow for the December 10th election. State Elections Commissioner Sherri Hadskey says you’ll have seven full days to vote at your leisure…:

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On the ballot, 3 constitutional amendments and local runoffs and other issues. Find your sample ballot online at “GeauxVote.com.”

 

Deputies in St. Martin Parish are investigating a Thanksgiving evening murder/suicide in Youngsville. 40-year-old Misti Romero was found shot to death in a business parking lot. They identified a suspect – 54-year-old Andrew DeRouen – and found him some time later; dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. The investigation is ongoing.

The St Landry Parish Council has approved the parish’s first solar farm project. Officials say construction will begin next year on a 900-acre site in a rural area north of Opelousas. Lightsource BP development manager Jack Steele says it is expected to be operational by end of 2024. He says solar power is great for the environment and an effective way to produce energy..:

CUT 10(10)      “…of homes.”

Steele says the panels will be high enough off the ground that sheep and cattle can graze beneath them.

1:30 LRN Newscast Nov 25

Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. It’s a campaign to get consumers to shop at locally-owned stores. State NFIB director Dawn McVea urges shoppers to save some of their holiday shopping for Saturday and support the businesses that support our communities…:

CUT 09(10)      “…holiday time.”

She says 13-percent of “mom & pops” surveyed have a less-0than-greart outlook for their holiday retail business.

The U.S. Coast Guard has found and rescued a man who fell overboard from a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf. They began their search Thursday at around 2:30 and found the 28-year-old man by 8:30. A chopper plucked him from the water and he is OK. The Coast Guard says the ship’s crew was unware the man was missing for hours before they radioed. The man might have been in the water for almost a whole day.

 

There is a December runoff election in Louisiana coming up, and Early Voting for that is about to begin. State Commissioner of Elections Sherri Hadskey says you’ll have a full week to vote at your leisure starting tomorrow…:

CUT 13(09)      “…December the tenth.”

There will be something on your ballot, no matter where you are. Preview your sample ballot at “GeauxVote.com.”

State Police are looking into an officer-involved shooting in Alexandria. Troopers report an APD officer attempted to arrest a man who was running into and disrupting traffic. When the man resisted arrest and tried to get the cop’s weapon, he drew and fired – wounding the man.

A gunfight outside the Tiger Truck Stop along I-10 in Grosse Tete leaves one dead and another person injured. That happened at around 10 last night. Iberville Parish deputies are investigating.

12:30 LRN Newscast Nov 25

The U.S. Coast Guard has found and rescued a man who fell overboard from a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf. They began their search Thursday at around 2:30 and found the 28-year-old man by 8:30. A chopper plucked him from the water and he is OK. The Coast Guard says the ship’s crew was unware the man was missing for hours before they radioed. The man might have been in the water for almost a whole day.

The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and experts predict inflation will force spending as high as $950-billion this year. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says remember not all advertised “doorbuster” sales are actually a good value, and it helps to do some research on the normal prices of items on your shopping list before you go shopping…:

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Louisiana’s green energy industry continues to grow, as the St Landry Parish Council approves that parish’s first solar farm project…:

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Early Voting for the December 10th election starts tomorrow. State Elections Commissioner Sherri Hadskey…:

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For information on the ballot, go to “GeauxVote.com”

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25 NEWSCALL

It’s Black Friday; the official start of the holiday shopping season. How is the retail picture stacking up against record inflation? Kevin Gallagher has more…:

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Saturday is Small Business Saturday and Kace Kieschnick reports local retailers hope consumers will spend with them on Saturday….

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Louisiana’s green energy industry continues to grow. The St Landry Parish Council has approved that parish’s first solar farm project. Marsanne Golsby has more.

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The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and experts predict inflation will force spending as high as $950-billion this year. LSU Marketing Professor Dan Rice says he agrees, despite belief that many will be scaling back gift shopping because of rising prices…:

Cut 4 (09)  “…higher cost this year.”

The National Retail Federation predicts 6-percent to 8-percent growth in holiday sales over last year, when it was over 13-percent as the pandemic wound down. This even with record high levels in inflation, fuel and delivery costs and other economic factors. Rice says remember not all advertised “door buster” sales are actually a good value, and it helps to do some research on the normal prices of items on your shopping list before you go shopping…:

Cut 5 (10) “…time of year.”

Rice says look for a pretty fair mix of in-store and online buying, and more merchants who offer both will also do what he calls “hybrid sales”; where you order online, then pick the items up yourself in local store…:

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Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. It’s a campaign to get consumers to shop at local stores. State NFIB director, Dawn McVea, says Louisiana small businesses employ over 46% of the workforce, so shopping locally will help the state’s economy…

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In the NFIB’s latest optimism survey, 13% of small business owners reported not having a good outlook for the next three months. Employers have relied on Small Business Saturday over the last couple of years to help keep up during the holiday season, and McVea says consumers have come through…

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Originally made by American Express in 2010, the holiday has become a household name over the last twelve years. McVea says small businesses offer a unique experience to consumers they can’t find on Black Friday. She urges shoppers to save some of their holiday shopping for Saturday, get out and enjoy local businesses and restaurants, and support the businesses that support our communities.

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The St Landry Parish Council has approved the parish’s first solar farm project. Officials say construction will begin next year on a 900-acre site in a rural area north of Opelousas. Lightsource BP development manager Jack Steele says it is expected to be operational by end of 2024. He says solar power is great for the environment and an effective way to produce energy

Cut 10 (10) “…of homes” 

Steele says Louisiana has lots of flat agricultural land ideal for installing solar panels. The company already has a large solar farm near New Roads in Pointe Coupee Parish…

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Steele says the panels will be high enough off the ground that sheep and cattle can graze beneath them. He says the company tries to do as much as possible to use native grasses and increase biodiversity.

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There is a December runoff election in Louisiana coming up, and Early Voting for that is about to begin. State Commissioner of Elections Sherri Hadskey says you’ll have a full week to vote at your leisure starting tomorrow…:

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Early voting starts tomorrow and ends next Saturday, December 3rd. Hadskey says the Secretary of State’s office is making it as easy as possible for you to vote in you cannot make it to an Early Voting place…:

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Hadskey says there will be something on your December ballot, no matter where you are in the state, so get out and cast your vote…:

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For ballot information or to get an absentee mail-in ballot, go to “GeauxVote.com”, or download the GeauxVote app.

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Fifth-ranked LSU looks to finish the regular season with a ten-and-two mark when they visit Texas A-and-M tomorrow night. The Aggies are a disappointing four and seven, but Tigers defensive end Ali Gaye expects the Aggies to bring their “A” game…

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Kyle Field holds 102-thousand fans, but with Texas A&M playing for just pride on Saturday, Aggie fans may prefer to watch this one from home. But LSU defensive end BJ Ojulari expects a difficult environment…

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An up-and-down Saints offense will face a big test Sunday when they visit San Francisco. The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that’s allowing less than 300 yards a game. New Orleans quarterback Andy Dalton says San Fran is fundamentally sound on defense

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The Saints will have to account for Nick Bosa. The defensive end leads the N-F-C with 10.5 sacks. Dalton says Bosa is as good as gets when it comes to rushing the passer…

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Louisiana Tech closes out the regular season on Saturday when they host UAB. The Blazers are led by running back DeWayne McBride, who is the fifth-leading rusher in college football, with 1,441 rushing yards. Bulldogs Coach Sonny Cumbie says it will take a team effort to slow down McBride

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LSU held McBride to just 34 rushing yards last week.

2:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

State Police say a Minden man died in a single vehicle crash on state Highway 59, near Highway 2. Troopers say 24-year-old Bret Dooley’s pickup went off the road, hit a ditch and overturned. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. A blood sample was taken to see if Dooley was impaired at the time.

With holiday shopping in full swing, security professionals have a few tips on how to have a safe one when making online purchases. LSU cybersecurity expert Abe Baggili says be aware of whether the site you’re shopping is secure. Look for padlock icon on the right end of the address bar. He says, also, be careful if shopping on a device using Wi-Fi…:

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He says never shop online using your ATM debit card. Using a CREDIT CARD helps assure you can get your money back if you ARE ripped off.

 

Tomorrow is Black Friday, perhaps THE busiest retail day of the year. Jill Gonzales, with “WalletHub.com”, says look for big discounts at stores like J.C. Penney, Belk and Macy’s if shopping in-store. If you’re hoping to score a sweet deal on a cell phone or computer, tomorrow may not be the day for you…:

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She says there are always gift cards, if shopping is not your thing.

Going on tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival near Hammond; just off I-12. Family fun, food and entertainment for all…plus some unique holiday gift ideas. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says the six weekend festival has been a big success this year…:

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For tickets, go online to “LARF2022.org.” The festival closes December 11th.

1:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

Tomorrow is the one of the busiest shopping days of the year as shoppers will look for great deals to complete their Christmas shopping list. Jill Gonzales with the personal finance website, Wallethub.com says – based on their research – J.C. Penny, Belk and Macy’s have the best Black Friday deals…:

CUT 06 (12)      “…65-percent off.”

She says if you’re looking for a great deal on a new phone or perhaps a computer, keep looking. Real Black Friday savings doesn’t usually extend to those items.

An ex-Catholic priest who was arrested for making a sex tape on the altar of a church in Pearl River pleads guilty to felony obscenity charges. Travis Clark’s plea deal will mean a suspended prison sentence, three years on probation and a $1000 fine. Clark was defrocked by the Church after his arrest in 2020.

 

The nonprofit Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members. Aaron Negherbon says Troops Direct is unique…:

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To make a cash donation, visit them at “TroopsDirect.org”

Looking for some post-Thanksgiving fun? You may want to check out the Louisiana Renaissance Festival; now in its 23rd year. Festival CEO Alvon Brumfield says it’s smart to get your tickets online BEFORE you make the drive to Hammond…:

CUT 14 (07)      “…rain or shine.”

The festival is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The website is “larf2022.org”. The festival is located just minutes off I-12 near Hammond.

12:30 LRN Newscast Nov 24

Volunteers picking up litter at a busy I-10 interchange in Baton Rouge discovered a loaded gun lying on the roadside. The group Keep Tiger Town Beautiful turned the automatic pistol with extended clip and bullets over to local police, who’re checking to see if it was used in a crime.

Tomorrow is Black Friday and Jeff Palermo has the latest trends for one of the biggest shopping days of the year…:

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The nonprofit Troops Direct is asking for help to provide critical supplies to American service members. Spokesman Aaron Negherbon (NEAR-BON) says due to the specialized nature of what they supply, they are asking for cash donations only.  He says their overhead is only about 9 to 10 percent of their overall budget.  There are four people on staff and one is a Marine Corps veteran…:

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“TroopsDirect.org” if you’d like to help.

With holiday shopping in full swing, security professionals have a few tips on how to have a safe one when making online purchases. LSU Cybersecurity Expert Abe (BAH-gil-lee) Baggili says – first – use only actual credit cards and NOT your ATM debit card…:

CUT 09(08)      “…as you’re shopping.”

He says avoid using public wi-fi when shopping and never shop at an unsecured website.

5:30 LRN Newscast Nov 23

Two Shreveport area women are charged with stealing money from customers of USAA Bank; mostly elderly person and military veterans. Shreveport PD spokesperson Angie Wilhite says ZarRajah Watkins was arrested last week. She allegedly used her job at an “S Port” call center to access the accounts…:

CUT 04  (09)        “…right now.”

Another suspect, Destane Glass, was an accomplice. She was arrested Tuesday. The pair stole about a million bucks and used it to live lavishly.

Baton Rouge police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was allegedly shot by his own son over blowing his nose. BRPD’s Sgt L’Jean McKneely says it happened around 9:30 Tuesday morning…:

CUT 06(10)      “…killing him.”

The son called an ambulance and tried to render aid, but it was too late.

 

Police in New Orleans say an 8-year-old child was shot and killed by gunfire from outside the house. Officers say bullets penetrated the exterior wall of the home and one hit the child in the stomach. The child died at a local hospital. The shooting happened just before 11 am Wednesday. They ask anyone with information on the crime to please come forward.

Strong showers and thunderstorms could be a part of your Thanksgiving holiday. State Climatologist Barry Keim says two systems are making their way toward Louisiana, one from Oklahoma and another from the Gulf…:

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He says watch for flash flooding and expect up to 4 inches of rain in some areas.

4:30 LRN Newscast Nov 23

A Baton Rouge man is under arrest for allegedly killing his own father because the man blew his nose. 21-year-old Adam Carter told officers at the scene he gets angered by nose-blowing and when his father did it they argued, then he shot him. BRPD’s Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says this will be rough on the family, right at the holidays…:

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The victim is identified as 64-year-old Ronnie Carter.

Big holiday meals can mean getting sick from food-borne illnesses. USDA food safety expert Ken King says when preparing the meal, remember: clean, separate, cook and chill…:

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Questions? Call USDA’s Meat & Poultry Hotline: 888-674-6854.

 

Prepare yourself for a rainy Thanksgiving Day. Two weather systems – one from the Gulf and one from Oklahoma – will clash to bring up to 4 inches of rain in many parishes. State Climatologist Barry Keim says stay weather-alert, because flash flooding is possible…:

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The rain should move out starting early Friday.

Lafayette based restaurant delivery service ASAP, formerly known as WAITR, says they will lay off 100 employees shortly after January 1st. ASAP cites a “prolonged decrease in revenue” as the reason for the reduction in force. The company says they lost about $73-million in the 3rd Quarter. They blame competition in deliveries, inflation and high fuel prices.

Don’t forget Saturday is Small Business Saturday; a day to do some Christmas shopping at those local “mom “ pop” stores.

3:30 LRN Newscast Nov 23

Shreveport Police say two women accessed USAA bank accounts of mostly seniors and veterans to steal up to a million dollars from those accounts…:

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Police in New Orleans say an 8-year-old child was shot and killed by gunfire from outside the house. Officers say bullets penetrated the exterior wall of the home and one hit the child in the stomach. It happened just before 11 am Wednesday. They ask anyone who knows who did it to please come forward.

 

Baton Rouge police say a local man killed his father during an argument over blowing his nose. BRPD’s Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says 21-year-old Adam Carter told them he gets irked to hear nose-blowing…and when his father did it, the son shot him…then called police…:

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The victim is identified as 64-year-old Ronnie Carter. The son is charged with manslaughter.

Thanksgiving Day will be soggy affair for most of Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says northern, central and southwest Louisiana could get up to 4 inches. Bad news for the holiday, but good news for agriculture…:

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Rains should move out by Friday morning.